Second-graders in Kelley Simmons' class enjoyed juicy and sweet lessons Friday as they studied and ate watermelon.
"I've only done this once before, but because of the community garden, I wanted to teach the kids about agriculture and farming," Simmons says.
Simmons showed the students a presentation on the growth of the watermelon her husband grew in his community garden plot.
"It's awesome because when they grow, the watermelon is little then it grows bigger like a pumpkin," says Amanda Shade.
Students learned a number of watermelon facts, such as watermelons belong to the gourd family. They then compared the fruit to pumpkins.
"It's kind of like pumpkins because it's a circle and made different ways and there's seeds inside," says Reagan Chaney.
Of course, they also enjoyed eating watermelon.
"Watermelons were juicy. That's good because I tried it and it tastes good. Some don't (have as much juice) and don't taste as good," says Tajvir Singh.
"They are healthy because they are a fruit. It's sweet and really good," says Kamryn Kester.
However, before they ate, they had to figure out if the watermelon they had was ripe.
"It's so big but not ripe. It's ripe when it's hard and hollow," says Emma Byers. "You have to bang it. Then hear if it's hollow. Bang it, but don't break it."
Other activities included alphabetizing a list of watermelon related words on a drawing of a watermelon slice.
"It's fun to get to color and see many things about watermelon," says Haylie Orr.
While red was a common choice for colors, Austin Eubanks chose to color his watermelon yellow.
"Yellow is my favorite color, and watermelons are that color," he says.
Students also wrote sentences describing the watermelon using all five senses.
"I see how long the sentences go because I did this in first grade and kindergarten," Sydney Pope says. "Sometimes I learn what I don't know, and if I don't know it, now I have sentences to say what it is."